I think the majority of my fellow Orange Countians would be shocked to learn that there was recently, however briefly, a debate in print as to whether Orange County ought to unify into a single, consolidated city-county.
They would be surprised, at least, at the notion that anything so very grand ought to become of their quiet, stolid little community, and also because nearly none of them would ever care to imagine as much. And hence, I think, the brevity and obscurity of the debate: It did not have popular traction enough to sustain any attention with our laudably public-minded local media.
Really, though, the assertion that ought to have provoked shock was not that Orange County's 34 polities might unite into a single city, but that Orange County might come to possess anything deserving of that term at all. Surely not one of its squabbling, petty suburbs really comes close; however, the state of California, with its duly issued charters of incorporation, might beg to differ.